Strategic Performance of Resistance
Can street theatre topple a dictatorship? Can humour trump fear and police repression? Can a group of twelve university students perform themselves into a powerful movement which has helped bring democracy to their people? This is the story of Otpor!, an activist group that provided a blueprint for global youth movements of the 21st-century. I look back at the bloody breakup of the country I was born in, Yugoslavia, and the way performance was used both to allow an authoritarian Slobodan Milošević to rise to power and the youth movement to bring him down.
Goran Đurić, Dramaturg and Performance Researcher, Melbourne, Victoria
Presented by Monash Design.